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fire breaks out in a local home. >> i do not know what went through my mind. >> firefighters find dozens of cats inside. more questions about the car crash involving at tiger woods. >> it is incongruous with his image that he would be doing this at 2:30 in the morning. >> we were sitting next to the first family. >> president obama in the first family taken in a college basketball game. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- investigators are still searching for answers about the crash involving tiger woods. the golf superstar and his wife
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still have not talked to the police about what happened early yesterday morning when it tiger woods crashed into a tree. >> florida highway patrol officers arrived at tiger wood'' house saturday trying to question him about his bizarre car accident. the police say he hit a fire hydrant and a treat while driving his cadillac suv out of his driveway at 2:30 friday morning. these exclusive photos show the damage to the car. >> his wife came out of the house when she heard him hitting the fire hydrant, used a golf club to break out the rear window to gain entrance to the vehicle, removed him from the vehicle, and laid him on the streets. >> officers came within minutes. >> he had lacerations and blood on his lip. and he was treated and released from the hospital in good condition.
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>> still, questions remain. >> it is completely incongruous with his image that he would be doing this at 2:30 in the morning. he has a wife, children. if he is getting something for the baby, tell us. >> tabloid reports are adding to cfusion. the accident came two days after the national enquirer reported that woods had allegedly been seeing a new york nightclub hostess. >> woods is not required by law to speak to thelorida highway patrol because it is being investigated as a traffic accident. he is scheduled to play in a tournament in california next week, but organizers are not sure if you will be there. a fire at a fairfax county home killed dozens of cats. it broke out this afternoon at a home and clifton. john gzalez spoke with the
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pet sitter. about my family members and friends say these cats were everything for this couple who volunteer for an animal rescue group in fairfax county. early this morning, they took off for cancun, mexico, their only vacation of the year. hours later, the received the devastating called that the house was onire in most of their cats were dead. this disturbing scene repeated itself over and over, dozens of diseased cats being carried out of this burn fairfax county home. >> last night, they were cleaning. i don't know what happened. >> with the homeowners out of the country, the pet sitter came by it at 3:00 this afternoon and noticed something terribly wrong. >> i opened the door and a big pile of smoke hit me in the face. i cannot get in the door. >> the homeowners dedicated their lives to rescuing abandoned cats and trying to
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find them new homes. at the time of the fire, at least 70 cats were inside. only eight survived. >> it was on the main level. a possibly came out from under somewhere. >> we have been talking to them on the phone. >> animal control volunteers rushed the surviving cats to a nearby veterinarian. neighbors could only watch in disbelief. >> they had no children. the cats have been their children. >> the cats that survived are staying the night at an animal shelter in fairfax county, not far from the home. because of the fire is still not known. not only did they lose five dozen cats but also seven birds. of fairfax county police say it is not uncommon to see this many cats inside of a home. in fairfax, there is a lot about how many dogs eat have, but not
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cats. john gonzales -- there is a lot about how many cats you can have, but not cats. john gonzalez, abc 7 news. a woman was struck by a car and killed in arlington at about 7:00 tonight. the driver stayed on the scene. alcohol was not a factor and does not seem to be anything suspicious about the accident. the name of the victim has not been released. a congressman is calling for a review of the secret service after a couple was able to get inside of a state dinner without invitation. the salahi couple were photographed at the dinner with the president. the party crashers compromised the safety and security of the president. the secret service is embarrassed about the incident. michelle salahi is being considered a participant and a reality celebrity ship. fans at a basketball game
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saw the first family. they were in the stands as gw took on oregon state. richard reeve has more on the family affair. >> this was practically in the president's backyard, the opponents of the game oregon state. there is a very special family connection between that school and the white house. this is more than just a basketball game. >> i saw the police and i asked what was going on and they did not say. >> it is gw against oregon state. >> it is awesome. >> not just any visiting team. the beavers are coached by craig robinson. >> that is the reason i am here. >> outside of the smith ceer, lots of security, secret service, k-9 units, unmarked cars. people and lined wondered if the basketball fan in chief would
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really show. >> we thought it was a possibility. >> suddenly, there he was in the stands. >> some of the basketball players said it was a lot of pressure that the president of the united states is watching them play. >> for gw fans -- >> we wre sitting in the section right next to them, a real treat. >> the president eating popcorn and enjoying the action. >> sasha obama appeared to enjoy it, too. the president paused motorcade left to cheers. it -- the president's motorcade left to cheers. >> i think he suld be a fan of a local team. at the president was not the most animated fan, but he and the first family had a good time. sadly, this was a loss for gw. much more in sports. richard reeve, abc 7 news. alexandria wants more
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minority students to be involved in elementary school gifted programs. records obtained by the washington post show one-quarter of alexandria's 11,000 students are white, but they make up 50% of gifted students. 65% of students are black and hispanic, but less than a third take part in gifted programs. officials are considering several options including an aptitude test for send graders. a driver will be ok after her car was struck by a train in southwest d.c. authorities said the car was parked on the tracks at the west end of the anacostia river road bridge this morning when it was hit by a csx train. the car was pushed into the river. the driver was taken to the hospital. some people whose homes and damage it -- homes were damaged by storms that kind of virginia can apply for disaster loans. the storms caused widespread damage and flooding earlier this month. the low-interest loans will be available to people in hampton,
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norfolk news, virginia beach, and hampton roads. at a time to check the weather for the rest of the holiday weekend with meteorologist steve rudin's first look. >> looks like a nice day tomorrow. the belfort furniture weather center, the skies had cleared out nicely, the temperatures falling. leesburg, 35 degrees, 35 gaithersburg, fairfax 39. overnight, we call for temperatures to fall to just around 35 degrees, mostly clear skies. tomorrow, a mild day. get ready, we have a cold front on the way. when i will arrive and how cold temperatures will get for the upcoming work week. just six days away from a d.c. holiday tradition. crews are putting the finishing touches on the decorations surrounding the colorado blue spruce. for the first time, the decorations include a train featuring thomas the tank
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engine. the tree lighting is set for thursday. coming up, a bomb blast costs and high-speed train to derail. investigators are searching for a suspect. a dream vacation cut short for thousands of cruise ship passengers. >> it affects everyone. >> the holiday shopping season kicked off this weekend. are the bargains enough?
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the holiday shopping season is off to we could start. shoppers spent more on black friday they share compared to last and retailers are hoping this is just the beginning. breanne carter has more on the story. >> this thanksgiving weekend, it is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. this year for shoppers, it is all about the deals. >> i bought a camera today. >> she does not seem to be alone. friday, thousands line up, and many of the shoppers were out to
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search for sales today. however, with the nation facing the worst recession in decades, some americans appeared to be spendinless. >> as little as possible. >> a new abc news poll shows consumers plan to spend only $650 christmas shopping this year, down from $700 last year, the lowest amount since 1999. it >> we have a family and we need to make sure they have what they need first, food, shelter, clothes. if we could buy a tv, it would be great. >> for those who are spending, consumers are making purchases in cash. >> definitely tougher. it is a domino effect. >> the prices are unbelievable this year. >> i paid last year $82. today i paid $40. >> retailers hope deep discounts like that will get people to
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open their wallets beyond this weekend. >> looks like just about everybody is out here. a m early reports from black friday say there were bigger crowds this year but americans will spend slightly more than it did last year. people we spoke to say it the spending impersonal items like new coats rather than on gifts. breanne carter, abc 7 news. russian authorities say a powerful homemade bomb sent a high-speed train of the tracks, killing at least 26 people. at least 100 people were injured when the train heading from moscow to st. petersburg derailed. some survivors said they heard an explosion before the cars went off the tracks. investigators found pieces of the bomb. no one has claimed responsibility so far. u.s. commanders in afghanistan hope more aid and troops will help in the fight against the taliban. the military says shifting troops to places like the problems have made a difference.
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next week, president obama will outline his new strategy for the war in afghanistan. he is expected to send thousands of additional troops. a vacation cruise was cut short by passengers after the ship -- was cut short for passengers after the ship lost power. we could >> not sleep inside. >> the power outage hit yesterday morning, seven days into the 9 day cruise in the caribbean. the passengers were left without electricity or water while the norwegian ship returned to miami today. guests will get a 75% refund and 50% future cruise credit. when the weather is being blamed for toppling trees in california, the strong wind knocking over a pine tree in the sacramento valley, crushing them. wind gusts of up to 50 m.p.h. or reported. ski reports in the sierra nevada reported up to half a foot of snow.
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steve rudin has a look at the weekend weather. >> there was a bit of a chill in the air, the temperatures in the low fifties for the daytime highs, a lot cooler than that is how it felt because of the wind chill. downtown, it is quiet, dry, clear. the wind has finally diminished. earlier today, 35 m.p.h., currently 44 degrees at gw university. daytime high of 52. alexandria 34 degrees, freezing mark in potomac, md., 49 the daytime high. officially at reagan national, 52 degrees, one degree below average. the record of 74 back in 1973. across the region, the temperatures in the upper 30's, low 40's. elkins, west virginia, the higher elevations, 28 degrees.
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cold light ahead courtesy of the clear skies. this is what is on the way tomorrow, the change of the wind direction, out of the southwest, the temperatures around 60-62. a cool front of to the north and west, bringing clouds late tomorrow night. showers and the forecast for the daytime hours monday. once the formal system moves through, " the temperatures, mid, upper 40's tuesday. as we head closer, to the delmarva peninsula, clear night, salisbury, ocean city, mid-40s. cooler temperatures in the mountains overnight. we dropped to around 35 degrees. the wind out of the southwest tomorrow, lots of sunshine, warm up nicely, 7-8 degrees above average this time of year. the forecast, mostly clear tonight, cold temperatures, 35
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degrees, cooler in the mountains. upper 20's. tomorrow morning, temperatures in the 30's, rebound into the 40's, lots of sunshine. by the afternoon, it is great. the temperatures around 60 degrees, the wind out of the southwest at 5-10. the extended outlook, temperatures cool, courtesy of a cold front pushing through late monday. temperatures tuesday in the mid to, upper 40's. showers wednesday, by thursday, another shot of cooler air will arrive in time for the upcoming weekend, the tempters back into the 40's. >> we are all over the place. -- the temperatures back into the 40's. >> we are all over the place. >> yes. up next, will the economy take a toll on holiday tradition?
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this may be the last year for a christmas tradition in iowa. every year a man puts up hundreds of santa claus decorations on his lawn but he has lost his job and is having trouble making ends meet. he wants to continue the tradition because it brings miles to his face and kids in his neighborhood any promises to keep the decorations that up every night until january. >> very nice. >> how about the terps? last game. we may have to wonder what the future holds for maryland football. is this the last stand for the terps? highlights coming (announcer) we're in the energy business. but we're also in the showing-kids- new-worlds business. and the startup-capital- for-barbers business. and the this-won't- hurt-a-bit business. because we don't just work here. we live here. these are our families.
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the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers -- moving you forward. >> maryland's football season is mercifully over, seven straight losses, the first 10-loss season for the school, and wondering about the coach. into the end zone, 10-10. one-and-a-half minutes left, fourth quarter, maybe some hope. corner of the end zone, maryland has the lead. little time remaining, he could only do this. the onside kick. it is up, into the hands of
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boston college. that was it. may be the end of the line for maryland head coach ralph friedgen. we will likely knows sen. -- we will likely know soon. virginia tech-virginia rivalry continues. early fourth quarter, up 28-13, all the way to the 10-yard line. which is not the way they wanted to finish. maybe it is. watched the ball. oops. tech wins the game, virginia loses their last six to finish at 3-9. the first place capitals never seemed to give in. 12 seconds away from losing in montreal, watch what happens. alex ovechkin fires, 2-0 washington. the capitals trail 3-2 in the closing seconds. they pulled goalie, montreal with a penalty. in front, ties the game!
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we go to the shootout. it comes down to the last shot. backstrom for the win, they get it. for-through the funnel. emotional week following the death for the wizards of owner abe pollin. the wizards seemed out of sync. the team and the crowd did not have much for charlotte. the wizards come around for awhile. nick young to steal and slam, the wizards were down by 2. charlotte slowly pulling away, the wizards missing shots, looking sloppy. gilbert arenas had just six points. brown gets the jumper. the wizard lose, 92-76. georgetown has eight more games to go before the start of
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the season. even though the competition does not come until january, the first half against lafayette, underneath, the jam and the foul. the hoyas are up. second half, a lot more points. david clark with 19. the hoyas are-0, 97-64 victory. president obama enjoying gw basketball with michelle obama's brother, the coast of oregon state, frank robinson. carver down the lane, oregon state wins the game. the washington redskins' secondary coach is not going to memphis. he appeared to be the favorite for the job but will not take the position. the redskins are playing philadelphia to march to play the eagles. after the denver victory everybody says anything is possible, but philadelphia is not the most easy, congenial place to play. >> the sunday forecast is next.
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